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Cops: Driver going 15 mph faces Leandra's Law charge

George Perez, 36, of Farmingville, was arrested and

George Perez, 36, of Farmingville, was arrested and charged with DWI while allegedly driving with a 2 year-old in a vehicle on Sunrise Highway in the Town of Brookhaven. (Nov. 22, 2013) Credit: New York State Police

A Farmingville man faces a Leandra's Law charge after police said he was pulled over while driving drunk and too slowly with a 2-year-old passenger Friday night on Sunrise Highway.

A State Police investigator saw George Perez, 36, at 6:34 p.m. driving a Jeep at 15 mph, heading westbound on Sunrise in Brookhaven Town, police said Monday in a news release.

The investigator stopped the Jeep and interviewed Perez, who showed "obvious signs of intoxication" with the toddler as his passenger, police said. Police did not disclose the nature of the relationship between Perez and the toddler.

Perez was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, a Class E felony under Leandra's Law; misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child; and traffic violations including impeding traffic, online court records show.

Leandra's Law makes it a felony, even on first offense, to drive while intoxicated with a passenger under age 16. The law is named for 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, who was killed when the minivan she was riding in with girls attending a sleepover party crashed on the Henry Hudson Parkway in 2009.

At his arraignment Saturday, Perez was ordered held on $20,000 bond, which he later posted.

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